HOTEL & VENUE
Personal Invitation from CEO Gloria Terry
Join us at our 2019 biannual statewide conference TECH TO EMPOWER! This ground breaking conference takes a hard look at technology, media, and film, and the unique impact each has on domestic violence. Learn from experts in their field, network with other domestic violence advocates, and most importantly participate in conversations about improving the lives of survivors.
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“An eye-opening and fresh approach to an educational platform for domestic violence advocates.” – 2017 Attendee
So much to do, so little time! Each day join us for a plenary or two, then pick your own keynote, or explore one of the deep drives. Also check out our signature events — a little something for everyone.
Mon, Oct 28
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM | Sunrise Yoga
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Breakfast & Registration
8:45 AM – 9:15 AM | Welcome
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM | Plenary
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM | Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM | Choose Your Keynote
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Lunch on Your Own
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Lunch & Learn
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Breakouts & Deep Dives
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM | Snack & Beverage Break
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM | Breakouts & Deep Dives
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Film Screening
Tue, Oct 29
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM | Breakfast & Registration
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM | Welcome & Plenary
8:45 AM – 9:45 AM | Plenary
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM | Break
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM | Choose Your Keynote
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Lunch on Your Own
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Lunch & Learn
11:45 AM – 12:45 | Shelter Tour
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM | Breakouts & Deep Dives
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM | Beverage Break
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM | Breakouts & Deep Dives
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM | Snack & Beverage Break
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM | Breakouts & Deep Dives
Wed, Oct 30
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM | Breakfast & Registration
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM | Breakouts & Deep Dives
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM | Break
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM | Breakouts & Deep Dives
11:15 AM – 11:45 AM | Break
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM | Lunch
12:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Plenary & Closing
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM | Shelter Tour
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CEU Hours | 16.50 hrs CJAD, LMFT, LPC, SW
Start your day with Namaste!
Begin your morning with Sunrise Yoga. Guiding this all levels practice is seasoned yoga instructor and TCFV staff member, Krista Del Gallo. Krista will lead basic yogic breathing, stretching and strengthening techniques. The class will offer encouragement and tools to incorporate in your daily self-care routine.
Remember, you are as important as those you serve.
Mon | 7 AM – 8 AM | Clover Club Terrace
Mats, towels, and water will be provide. All yogees will receive a complimentary, keepsake water bottle. Class suitabe for all levels.
Did someone say dinner and a movie?
A can’t miss exclusive screening of “Standing On My Sisters’ Shoulders.” This award-winning documentary tells the compelling story of the Mississippi Civil Rights movement from the point of view of the courageous women who changed the course of history forever.
Mon | 6 PM – 9 PM | $5 Admission
Studio Movie Grill | 452 Lincoln Square
Complimentary beverage, popcorn, and select menu entrée with admission. Provided transportation to and from the theatre.
Lunch & Learn
Everyone loves a free lunch!
Join us for a series of app demos, hosted by the Public Good App House! Enjoy a complimentary lunch while you hear social good app developers share live demos of tech products geared to the needs of survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, or sexual assault.
Mon | 12:00 PM | Stadium AB
Tues | 11:30 AM | Stadium AB
EVENT IS FULL!
SPEAKING OF SPEAKERS
Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and engage in dialogue with some of the most nationally renowned speakers from not only inside but outside the domestic violence community.
Below is the long list of our distinguished guests.
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Lorena Gallo is a victims and survivors advocate who was born in Bucay, Ecuador and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She moved to the U.S. when she was 18 and married a U.S. Marine named John Bobbitt. Less than one month after marriage, Lorena began suffering physical and psychological abuse that resulted in numerous police interventions. In June 1993, Lorena requested a restraining order against her husband, but three days and two sexual assaults later she became a national headline. Lorena was arrested and charged with the felony of maliciously wounding Bobbitt. She was placed on trial in January 1994, where she testified before a jury about four years of excruciating abuse and her attempts to seek protection. A psychiatrist testified that Lorena suffered a “brief reactive psychosis” that drove her to attack the instrument that was the weapon of her torture. The jury acquitted Lorena on the grounds of temporary insanity, ruling that the torture and abuse she had suffered had created an “irresistible impulse.” Today, Lorena lives in the Washington, D.C area and is an internationally recognized advocate for victims and survivors of abuse. She has dedicated her life to helping the abused through her nonprofit, The Lorena Gallo Foundation, which offers advocacy, education, community outreach and support to victims and survivors of abuse. She also advocates education and awareness of abuse at scholastic levels. She bravely tells her story on her newly released documentary “LORENA” (from Amazon Prime), to encourage victims to seek help and heal psychologically, and to help destigmatize and educate people on these social epidemics of domestic violence and sexual assault so they will not plague future generations.
Melissa Jeltsen is a senior reporter at HuffPost, where she writes about gender-based violence. She previously worked at MSNBC and Talking Points Memo, and freelanced for Jezebel, The Rumpus, GOOD, Cosmo, and The Boston Globe, among others. In 2015 and 2016, she won a Newswomen’s Club Of New York Front Page Award for her articles on domestic violence. Her recent work has highlighted domestic violence victims who are incarcerated for self-defense, how to prevent intimate partner homicides, and the role of firearms in abusive relationships. You can follow her work at HuffPost and on Twitter @quasimado.
Bridget Lawless has been a writer all her professional life. Working first across business, the aid sector, and education, she has written extensively for print and screen. Her publications include cross-curricular projects for drugs education in schools and a series of books on drugs, violence, and family issues. As a screenwriter, she is a member of BAFTA, the UK’s film and television academy. In 2017, as #MeToo and Times Up hit the headlines, Bridget wrote an article in the Guardian explaining that the proliferation of rape in that year’s film entries and the fear that she might inadvertently ‘reward’ a film executive later proven to have preyed on women was the reason she was abstaining from BAFTA voting that year. Concerned about the rise in extreme graphic violence towards women in books, TV and film, and the use of rape as entertainment, in early 2018, she founded the Staunch Book Prize–an international award for a thriller novel in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered. Staunch has proved controversial with crime writers but is officially in its second year. Bridget currently lives and works in London.
Dale Hansen is the weeknight sports anchor during the 10 p.m. newscast on WFAA in Dallas, Texas, and host of Dale Hansen’s Sports Special on Sundays. He’s well known for his acclaimed “Unplugged” segments, where he has spoken out against domestic violence and other social issues. Dale began his career as a radio disc jockey and operations manager in Iowa before he became a sports reporter at KMTV in Nebraska. He joined WFAA in 1983. In 1987, Dale was honored with the George Foster Peabody Award for Distinguished Journalism. That same year, he won the duPont-Columbia Award for his contribution to the investigation of SMU’s football program. Dale is the only local on-air broadcaster who has received the Radio Television Digital News Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received in 2019. Dale’s other awards and honors include:
- Dallas Peace and Justice Center’s 2019 Inspiration Award
- Children’s Hero Award from TexProtects
- Recipient of over 20 Lone Star EMMY Awards
- Texas Sportscaster of the Year on three occasions by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association
- Best Sportscaster by United Press International and the Dallas Press Club
- TV Personality of the Year by American Women in Radio and Television
Debbi Morgan is known to audiences for her recurring roles in the Starz series Power, Netflix’s The Defenders, and BET’s The Quad. As a high school grad, Debbi juggled evening acting classes while attending college in New York City. During her third year, she left school to go on the national tour of the play What The Wine Sellers Buy, which landed on Broadway. She then moved to Hollywood, and after five years of starring in mini-series, she won the role of a lifetime playing Angie Baxter-Hubbard on the daytime series All My Children. This show brought Debbi into living rooms around the world and won her the daytime Emmy Award for best supporting actress in 1989. She also won the “Independent Spirit Award” and “The Chicago Film Critic’s Award” for her work in Eve’s Bayou playing opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Lynn Whitfield. Debbi went on to star in other films such as The Hurricane, Love & Basketball, Coach Carter and Asunder. Her recurring role as a pot-smoking jailbird on Soul Food won an NAACP award. In 2015, Debbi wrote her autobiography, The Monkey on My Back, in which she revealed how growing up with generational domestic violence had a lasting impact on her journey. Today, she continues to tour around the country, performing a one-woman show based on her autobiography.
Jasmine Garsd is a reporter for NPR and the BBC. Her work has been featured on the podcast This American Life and The New Yorker. Originally from Argentina, her work has focused extensively on Latin America and the Latino community in the U.S., reporting on women’s issues and gender violence. Her work has taken her as far as the Colombian Amazon, where she spent time with former female guerilla fighters, to the U.S.-Mexico border, where she investigated how women are uniquely affected by the immigration crisis. These days, Jasmine is covering how online extremism targets women.
Jaime Esparza is the District Attorney, 34th Judicial District of El Paso and the longest serving DA in Texas and is serving his sixth four-year term. He is a strong advocate for DV issues and has created innovative approaches to victim-centered prosecution, several of which are now in use by other communities. He has also supported TCFV as Co-Chair of the Public Policy Committee, by giving presentations at numerous conferences and training events, and as a member of the TCFV, of which he is Chair-Elect. Jaime was licensed to practice law in 1983 and is Board Certified in Criminal Law. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas and his Juris Doctor from the University Houston Law Center. He was honored with the 2005 Texas State Bar Prosecutor of the Year award, recipient of the John H. Chapman Award by the Foundation for Improvement of Justice, and, in 2015, received the National President’s Award by the Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Jaime serves as the lead and fiscal agent for the Border Prosecutors Association. He has also served on the board of the Texas District and County Attorney Association and their foundation.
Jennifer Landhuis, M.S., is the Director of the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC), an AEquitas initiative. As Director of SPARC, she oversees the multi-faceted programming on stalking, including the development of resources and publications, as well as training and technical assistance. Jennifer has over 22 years of experience as an educator and advocate on the issues of stalking, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
Crayton Webb, owner and CEO of Sunwest Communications, has extensive experience working with media, government, nonprofit and corporate sectors on a local, national and international scope. Prior to leading Sunwest Communications, Crayton was the vice president of corporate communications and corporate social responsibility for Mary Kay Inc. In his 12 years with Mary Kay, Webb launched the company’s CSR strategy, Pink Changing Lives, evolving its philanthropic efforts into a strategic, multi-platform program with a global reach. Before that, he served as chief of staff for Dallas Mayor Laura Miller and was a broadcast journalist for nearly ten years. Webb is chairman of the board of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and serves on the boards of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the Arbor Day Foundation. He is the immediate past chair of the men’s auxiliary for Genesis Women’s Shelter in Dallas, HeROs (He Respects Others). He also received the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Alumni Achievement Award in 2017, as well as the 2019 HeRO Award from Genesis Women’s Shelter for using his voice and influence to take a public stand on domestic violence.
Debra Zimmerman is the Executive Director of Women Make Movies (WMM), a New York nonprofit social enterprise that has supported women filmmakers with distribution and production assistance for their independent films since 1972. During her 35-year tenure, Women Make Movies has grown into the largest distributor of films by and about women in the world. For 16 years, films and filmmakers from WMM have won or been nominated for Academy Awards, including Citizen Four, Saving Face, Strong Island and 2019’s Free Solo. Debra is considered an expert in documentary film financing and marketing, and she serves on the juries of major film festivals around the world, including the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam and the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. She has also worked with the U.S. State Department as a Film Expert, screening films on gender-based violence in Latin America and Africa. She is the author of “Film as Activism,” a chapter in the Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender textbook. She is the recipient of the NY Women in Film and Television’s Changemaker Award and Hot Doc’s Doc Mogul Award, given to those who have made an essential contribution to the creative vitality of the documentary industry
DEEP DIVE SPEAKERS
Story Telling, Coordinated Community Response, and Prevention
Amy Hill is a storyteller, documentary filmmaker, public health consultant and co-founder of Silence Speaks. In 1999, after ten years working in community-based public health projects, Amy co-founded Silence Speaks, an international participatory media initiative offering a safe, supportive environment for telling and sharing stories that all too often remain unspoken. Silence Speaks surfaces personal narratives of struggle, courage, and transformation and works to ensure that these stories play an instrumental role in promoting gender equality and human rights. Since 2005, Amy has led Silence Speaks and other global health and human rights-related projects as a staff member at the Center for Digital Storytelling. Amy has overseen the use of storytelling all over the world in places like Nepal, Ethiopia, Uganda and Brazil. To learn more about Amy, visit the Silence Speaks website, where you can also watch some of the digital stories that have been recorded around the globe.
Julia Davila is a high school senior and an avid AV student. She loves watching films as much as she loves making them. It has been a passion of hers ever since she got her first video camera at age 10. She has taken her skills far and hopes to take them farther. She has done everything from taking pictures at weddings, to taking pictures for New York Fashion Week.
Natalie Dolci is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and currently serves as a Planning and Development Specialist in the City of Seattle Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Prior to this, she spent 11 years as a victim advocate, providing services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and harassment. She has provided direct services in community-based agencies, the University of Washington Police Department and the Seattle Police Department. Natalie conducts research and training as a member of the Technology-Enabled Coercive Control (TECC) Working Group. This multidisciplinary group is working to build the capacity of providers to respond when survivors are experiencing Technology-Enabled Coercive Control. The TECC Working Group seeks to build bridges between the private technology sector, helping professions, and the criminal justice system to more effectively provide relief to cyberstalking survivors. Natalie is also a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.
Zachary Goodwin is an award-winning high school director and filmmaker. With several festivals under his belt, including South by Southwest, Zach loves to create films that inspire and awe his audience. He is fully committed to following his passion and strives for a future in feature length film directing.
Marta Prada Peláez
Marta Prada Peláez is President/CEO of Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc., a San Antonio-based nonprofit that provides tools for domestic violence victims. With a master’s degree in clinical psychology, Marta has dedicated more than two decades of professional service to vulnerable populations, placing special emphasis on youth. She worked with the judicial and protective systems to break through traditional silo-ed approaches to social services, and she has successfully engaged communities in the development of life-changing interventions for victims and perpetrators. Marta is a frequent contributor to local and national media, and she was a guest of Bill Moyer’s PBS documentary, The Journal. As a guest of the Royal Film Commission of Jordan, she presented on batterers’ intervention before a governmental taskforce in Amman. She has provided testimony before Senate committees on issues such as program funding and protection laws. Marta is a two-term past board chair of TCFV. She currently serves as a board member of TCFV, as well as the TCFV Region 5 Area Director. She serves as vice chair of the Community Advisory Board of Texas Public Radio and is also a member of the Community Advisory Team appointed by the San Antonio Chief of Police. Marta created and now co –chair’s the Bexar County Domestic Violence Taskforce. She has participated twice as a panelist for the Commission on the Status of Women of the United Nations in New York. Marta is a wife, three times a mother and grandmother. She is fluent in Spanish, English and French.
Adam Rocha received his film degree from UT Austin and teaches cinema at John Marshall High School in NISD. He is the founder and Executive Director of the San Antonio Film Festival. He received a NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) Achievement in Cinema award in 2002. He is a member of the 38th class of Leadership San Antonio (LSA), he served as an evaluator for the Texas Commission on the Arts in 2013, 2015, and 2019, he was a member of the 2015 Luminaria Artistic Advisory Committee, and in 2018 he served as a panelist at the Harvard Film Festival, as a member of the Art of Filmmaking Panelist Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and as the NFA Grant Panel Chair for the NALAC (National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. Adam is also a San Antonio Spurs fan.
Kiana Swearingen manages violence-prevention efforts for staff, faculty and student employees at the University of Washington. She supervises the EPIC Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Program for Academic Student Employees. She collaborates with campus partners, develops training curriculum, coordinates communications and marketing campaigns, analyzes program data and produces reports. She has trained nationally on theory-driven community-centered best practices for developing and conducting prevention efforts on college campuses. She has worked in the anti-violence field for over 14 years. In addition to her time at the UW, she worked as a domestic violence advocate and a community-based prevention educator. Kiana is excited to be leading an innovative prevention program and hopes that it can be a model for other institutions of higher education intending to do similar work.
Prior to retiring, Marcia Waldgeir, spent 25 years as an educator with the military. She started her career as an instructor with the Defense Language Institute and then worked as an Air Force instructor supervisor, curriculum developer, training manager, and career field manager. In her last position, she served as the Director of the Healthcare Interservice Training Organization tasked with consolidating enlisted medical training for all the military services.e.
Marco Zaragoza is an award-winning filmmaker in his senior year at John Marshall High School. He is always open to learning new things and is willing to go above and beyond for anything he is passionate about.
David Almager is the Director of Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) at Denton County Friends of the Family. He is a veteran in the field of family violence, having served as a facilitator and program director in three separate, state-funded domestic violence programs. David has worked with both incarcerated and court-ordered family violence offenders for over 18 years and was instrumental in the development of the Dallas County Felony Domestic Violence Court Program, specializing in the treatment of high-risk batterers. His unique approach to program administration and group facilitation explores a wide array of best practices that encourage participation by participants in both pre- and post-BIPP enrollment. He has presented at state and local conferences in the area of battering intervention and prevention, group facilitation, high-risk offender treatment, and cultural competency. David has also been involved in the violence against women movement since 1993.
Ann Baddour is the state director of Appleseed projects aimed at bringing low-income and immigrant consumers into the financial mainstream. Ann is actively involved in reforming regulations governing payday and auto title lending in Texas to build greater consumer protection into these transactions. She also advocates for consumer protections to address financial exploitation of vulnerable populations and improve protections against abusive debt collection practices. She was a member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Consumer Advisory Board, serving a four-year term ending in 2018. Ann is a Fulbright Scholar with a Master of Public Affairs Degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.
Bronwyn Blake, UT Law ’05, is the Legal Director of the Texas Advocacy Project and the Founder of their Teen Justice Initiative, a program that advocates for teen victims of dating violence. Blake was awarded the first UT Faculty Fellowship in Public Interest Law from the William Wayne Justice Center to start this valuable work. Ms. Blake has been featured on America’s Most Wanted and Court TV as an expert on this issue and has previously clerked at the Family Justice Division of the Travis County DA’s Office and at Break the Cycle, a nonprofit in D.C. She is also a graduate of Leadership Austin’s Emerge Program for young leaders and the former President of the Young Women’s Alliance, a professional organization in Austin, Texas. She currently serves as an officer on the board of Girlstart, an organization that empowers girls in science, technology, engineering, and math and as the President of the Balcones Hills Ladies Club.
Renee Breazeale has 20+ years’ experience in the behavioral health industry. She has done program design, policy development, and implementation in both outpatient and residential environments. For most of her tenure, she has worked in non-profit organizations serving the disenfranchised in the community. For the past 12 years, Renee has focused on working with sexually exploited and marginalized individuals. She is the founder/co-founder of 2 (two) county wide programs in Dallas County, Dallas, Texas, that specifically serve this target population. She has a long history of collaboration with professionals and organizations within Dallas county, inclusive of the Dallas Police Department, Dallas Sheriff’s Department, Dallas County Commissioners, as well as non-profit organizations serving the exploited population. She has been recognized locally as well as at the State level for her work and advocacy. Renee holds a master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis on marriage and family. She has extensive training in trauma competent theories and holds a license as a Marriage and Family therapist as well as a license as a Chemical Dependency counselor. She is a frequent speaker in the community on prominent issues, such as human trafficking, domestic violence, trauma informed care, street outreach, and prostitution.
Steven Bradley with an extensive law enforcement career focusing on investigating crimes against persons, specializing in sex crimes, child abuse, domestic violence, and crimes against the elderly, Steven was recruited by the FBI to start a taskforce that would investigate technology and cyber related crimes. After returning from the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, he began combating many types of technology crimes, including child pornography, cyberstalking, financial exploitation, and apprehending child predators. Later in his career, Steven began working with State Coalitions, and local domestic violence/sexual assault centers on bridging the gaps between law enforcement and community partners to better support survivors and victims. It was there, that Steven led many group discussions and trainings on proper investigative techniques and working together for offender accountability. Now as part of the Our Family Wizard professional team, Steven further promotes the empowerment and healthy communication between separated and divorced parents via technology. Steven is nationally recognized as an expert on law enforcement’s response to intimate partner violence, abuse of the elderly, and stalking/cyberstalking. As an International Trainer for over 20 years, Steven is known for his real-world practical education and has provided training throughout the globe on many related topics.
Sulan Chang is the Program Director of Victim Services at Mosaic Family Services, a safe haven for survivors of human trafficking and family violence. Mosaic Family Services provides shelter, legal, counseling, case management, and other support services for survivors of labor and sex trafficking, family violence, and other victims of violent crimes. Mosaic is also a founder and active member of the North Texas Anti-Trafficking Task Force and the North Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Sulan has supervised the Services for Victims of Trafficking and Multicultural Family Violence programs at Mosaic since 2012, and provided comprehensive case management for survivors since 2007. She regularly provides training, community education and awareness, and technical assistance regarding the dynamics of human trafficking, family violence, trauma-informed care, cultural competency, and other related best practices.
Sarah Corbett-Imeny is a Training Specialist II with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Victim Services Division (VSD) working in the Texas Crime Victim Clearinghouse. Sarah assists in the development of the TVAT Academy curriculum as well as other live and web-based trainings. She has worked for the TDCJ for three years holding positions within the VSD as well as the Parole Division. Sarah has 15 years teaching experience in adult education. Currently, she is an instructor at Austin Community College. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brigham Young University Provo, Utah.
Adam R. Dodge
Adam’s work is characterized by his dedication to addressing the existing and future threats posed by technology to victims of crime. He is a global speaker and trainer on the subjects of technology-enabled abuse and digital impersonation. Adam has written extensively on non-consensual pornography, co-authored a domestic violence advisory on the emerging threat of ‘deepfakes’ and his work in the field of digital impersonation has been featured in the Washington Post and Mashable. As the Legal & Technology Director of Laura’s House, Adam spent the past 8 years overseeing a department that processes over 1,175 restraining order cases annually. He co-authored The Empowered Woman’s Guide to Divorce and has appeared in or contributed to articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, SELF Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Gizmodo and others. Adam also writes for the Huffington Post and his television appearances include Dr. Phil. He earned his B.A. from UC Santa Barbara and his J.D. by way of McGeorge School of Law and Hastings College of the Law.
Amanda Elkanick Oder
Amanda Elkanick Oder is currently the Survivor Services and Training Director with Texas Advocacy Project, a non-profit law firm offering free legal services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Amanda has been working with survivors for the past 10 years in varying roles,; such as shelter advocate, program director, and policy analyst. These varying positions have brought an invaluable perspective to her statewide work. She has served on statewide task forces’, community planning groups, and committees that focus on ending intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Amanda graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.S. in Psychology and Criminal Justice in 2010.
Raquel Fatiuk is a Marketing and Communications Coordinator and a Hospital Accompaniment Advocate for the Houston Area Women’s Center. As a Marketing and Communications Coordinator, she is tasked with maintaining the agency’s social media presence, (spanning Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn), updating both the outward facing website and internal facing websites and with general correspondence via email, including eblasts and maintenance of the info email. As a Hospital Accompaniment Advocate, she works on the front lines of trauma-informed care playing an important role in crisis response for survivors of domestic and sexual violence at local hospitals, working directly with SANE nurses to provide complete care for survivors. After years of singing professional opera and working in the hospitality industry, Raquel decided to dedicate her career to her life’s passion of ending domestic and sexual violence, being a survivor of sexual assault herself. She resides in Houston with her 3 dogs and fiancé who she will be marrying in December. The mantra she lives by is, “survive and thrive”.
Melissa Garcia is a public speaker, content creator, and connector raised in Brownsville, TX and Monterrey, MX. She serves as the Community Initiatives Coordinator at Break the Cycle, where she coordinates the organization’s national training, technical assistance projects, social media platforms, and the national youth movement. She has led multiple programs to end gender-based violence at the state level in Texas, around the United States, and internationally in Mexico. Melissa obtained her B.A. in psychology from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and has centered her work on amplifying the voices of young people and connecting resources to diverse communities. Additionally, Melissa is one of twenty-five women of color in Texas selected into the Movement Mujeres Fellowship. This two-year fellowship aims to place women of color in key leadership positions in government and non-profits. In her spare time, Melissa practices yoga and spends time with her loved ones, including her eight-year-old miniature schnauzer.
Mae Hardebeck grew up in Needham, Massachusetts, attended college in New Hampshire and recently moved to Austin, Texas. Mae has been involved in violence prevention and healthy relationship work since high school and has never stopped since. Over the past decade, Mae has held peer education roles, peer advocate roles, activist and now adviser roles, all around the goal of eliminating interpersonal and structural violence in our communities. She shares her own personal experiences as a young person, as well as from a place of expertise in all the communities she has done work in. Currently, she serves as a Youth Advisor to Break the Cycle in the eTAG program (End Tech Abuse Across Generations) and is training to be a volunteer at SAFE Austin.
John and Rachael Haynes
John and Rachael Haynes are the parents of Madeline Haynes, a fun, popular high school athlete who inexplicably took her life in 2012. In the aftermath, John and Rachel founded The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place in Hutto, Texas, to help others and themselves heal. Through The Sandbox, the values of “Be Honest. Be Kind. Speak Up.” are modeled and spread to middle and high school students. John brings a background of security operations with a career that spans both government and private sector work. His knowledge of internet safety has been an important educational piece they share with teens. Rachael brings years of experience in the finance world and a passion to ensure teens have a safe place to be themselves. She also advocates for teens to have more adult connections in their lives, giving them more outlets to share about their issues and more opportunities for lives to be saved.
Wes Holing is a senior web content developer at TechSoup. He’s part writer, part graphic designer, and part front-end web developer, putting his experience and skills to use for more than eight years to help the accidental techie make smart choices for their nonprofit or library.
Chichi Ifionu is a Staff Attorney in the Crime Victims Program at Texas Legal Services Center in Austin, Texas. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree from West Virginia University College of Law in 2015 before starting her legal practice in 2016 specializing in immigration law, assisting individuals and businesses with their immigration matters. Since joining Texas Legal Services Center in 2017, she has worked with other attorneys in the Crime Victims Program to assist victims of crime in various legal matters including obtaining protective orders, crime victim’s compensation, advising clients on custody matters and much more. She recently joined the Texas Coalition on Coerced Debt to work with other agencies who are creating resources and equipping advocates, attorneys, law enforcement officers and others with the skills needed to assist victims of violence with coerced debt. When she is not on the clock as an attorney, she enjoys traveling, listening to music and cooking.
Hamza Iqbal is an 18-year-old man who spent 3 years in an intense program involving of the memorization of the Holy Quran. He is now enrolled in Plano East Senior High School. At the age of 15, he started a movement for Young Men Against Domestic Violence. He has been invited as a youth speaker on radio and in charity events, and he takes pledge from men against domestic violence. The mayor of the City of Plano has presented Hamza with a YOUTH ACTIVIST OF THE YEAR award – an award from the Texas Council on Family Violence. He now works with the Young Hearts Matter Leadership Board to continue efforts against DV.
Catherine Johnson is the Chief Operating Officer of Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup. With over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sectors, Catherine has managed numerous department-level operations, budgets, and strategic fundraising initiatives. She holds a BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Public Administration from the University of Washington. Catherine manages overall strategic operations for the Safe Shelter Collaborative, including partnerships, community outreach, and financial management.
Dianne King was the lead Disability Services staff in researching and writing the All Kids SAFE digital app through surveys and interviews with adults with disabilities, family members, law enforcement and Child Protective Services (CPS) staff, and other stakeholders. She also led the development of Promoting Justice, a website about child victims with disabilities for law enforcement, child advocates, parents, teachers, and disability service providers. King has authored or co-authored 13 SAFE curricula, manuals, and other materials to increase access to services for crime victims with disabilities of all ages. Her previous employment includes working as a supported employment program coordinator for people with significant disabilities, a grant writer for nonprofits, and a feature writer for Texas newspapers. Dianne has a MEd from The University of Texas at Austin and a BA in journalism from the University of North Texas.
Kate Fraim Kight
An experienced political communications manager, Kate Fraim Kight has worked in battleground states across the country to effect change from grassroots to grasstops. Kate has worked with national non-profits to develop cutting-edge digital strategy, raising money and awareness. At the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Kate explores the connection between visual design and written communication to create effective storytelling campaigns across mediums.
Mohini Lal creates and updates legal content for WomensLaw.org and responds to questions from victims of domestic violence nationwide. She graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2016 with certificates in Public Interest Law and Praxis and is licensed to practice law in Illinois. Before joining NNEDV, Mohini was an If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellow working on state and federal policy for AAPI communities. She is also a first-generation immigrant and is fluent in Hindi.
Greg Loughlin is a facilitator and trainer with over 18 years of experience engaging men to prevent violence against women. Among other duties, Greg directs Men Stopping Violence’s marketing and social media campaigns. Prior to joining MSV’s staff, Greg served as Executive Director of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV), a state agency accountable for coordinating domestic violence Task Forces and certifying Family Violence Intervention Programs across Georgia. Greg is an accomplished public speaker and writer. He has presented for the FaithTrust Institute, Emory University, the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International, the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence, the National District Attorneys Association, and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, among others. In addition, Greg has provided media commentary to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, NBC.com, WSB-TV, Peachtree TV, WABE, WREK and WRFG, and his writing has been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Voice Male Magazine. Greg has an M.S.W. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a B.A. from Guilford College. He is also a state-certified Family Violence Intervention Program facilitator in Georgia.
Jennifer Morrison, M.Ed has 25 plus years of nonprofit leadership to help develop and grow the reach of the Safe Shelter Collaborative program throughout the south, especially in Texas. She spent more than 20 years in the direct service field as a program director, administrator and executive director, having worked on a local community level and on a statewide level assisting with policy development and funding issues. Jennifer is a licensed professional counselor and holds an M.Ed. from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Chau Nguyen is the Chief Public Strategies Officer for the Houston Area Women’s Center, tasked with managing and expanding key partnerships, while positioning HAWC as thought leaders to drive broad awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault, with a goal of reducing interpersonal violence and changing cultural norms about how survivors are understood. Prior to her executive leadership in the non-profit space, Chau spent 15 years as a television news journalist and last served as an anchor and reporter with KHOU TV. She is the first Vietnamese American journalist to receive an Emmy Award for her documentary series covering a medical mission in Vietnam, and the Houston Press has named her Reporter of the Year. A native Houstonian, Chau is passionate about staying connected to her community, having served on numerous non-profit boards. She currently sits on the Boards of Catapult and The University of Houston Friends of Women’s Studies, and she is on the advisory board of Houston Achievement Place. Chau is a Licensed Master Social Worker and holds a Master of Arts in social work from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of St. Thomas. She has received numerous awards and was most recently honored as one of Houston’s Most Influential Women. Chau is frequently asked to emcee events, including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Inauguration in 2016. Chau is also the proud mother of two young girls, Ryan and Myles, a Yorkie named Peanut, and she is an active member of Unity of Houston.
Whitney Parker is the Program Specialist for Ujima, Inc.: The National Center of Violence Against Women in the Black Community. She joined Ujima in 2017, and brings with her a strong background in communications, planning, and development. Whitney joined the Ujima team to assist with the growth and development of the organization and to carry out Ujima’s mission, to mobilize the community to respond to and end domestic, sexual, and community violence in the Black community.
Mike Rainer is a Training Specialist IV with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Victim Services Division (VSD) working in the Texas Crime Victim Clearinghouse (TxCVC). Mike develops training curriculum and provides training to criminal justice professionals and crime victim advocates. He also works on special projects such as the Texas Victims Assistance Training (TVAT) Academy, TVAT Online and VSD Webinars. Mike has over 14 years of experience in Instructional design and deployment with over five years’ experience as a graphic designer and visual communications specialist.
Randy Randolph works for the SAFE Alliance as the Expect Respect Senior Prevention Coordinator. Joining the staff in 2001, Randy recognized the power and influence young people have to affect positive change. She excels at creating successful youth/adult partnerships to help youth address unhealthy social norms and prevent youth violence. Randy’s young leaders have been featured in the local news and at professional conferences, and they have received national recognition for their activism. Randy provides training for school personnel and other professionals and collaborates with many community partners. Many of the activities she has developed with youth leaders will be available as part of the published Expect Respect Program curriculum. She is currently engaging high school students in a youth-led community health assessment with the University of Texas School of Public Health.
Elaina Roberts is a Technology Safety Legal Manager with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), Safety Net Team, where she provides training and technical assistance on technology abuse. Elaina also provides guidance and analysis on legal matters, such as state and federal statutes. Prior to joining NNEDV, Elaina was with the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) as the Director of Strategic Initiatives, which involved overseeing various grant projects, serving on the executive team, and advising the Executive Director. While with NCVC, Elaina was also the Program Attorney and, later, the Legal Director of the Stalking Resource Center where she oversaw programmatic duties and provided training and technical assistance on all aspects of stalking to criminal justice and allied professionals. Elaina brings a decade of experience working in the criminal justice and violence against women fields. After graduating from law school, she was an Assistant District Attorney in Albuquerque, NM, where she prosecuted crimes in the Violent Crimes, Community Crimes, and Metropolitan Crimes Divisions. She has prosecuted hundreds of domestic violence cases, many of which involved stalking behaviors. Elaina also served as the Mental Health and Drug Court Prosecutor during her time at the DA’s Office. She is licensed to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Texas, and New Mexico.
PJ Raval is an award‐winning filmmaker whose work explores the overlooked subcultures and identities within the marginalized LGBTQ+ community. Named one of Out Magazine’s “Out 100”, PJ’s film credits include TRINIDAD: TRANSGENDER FRONTIER and BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, which follows the lives of three gay senior men and was described by indieWIRE as “a crucial new addition to the LGBT doc canon.” BEFORE YOU KNOW IT screened theatrically, premiered as the season finale of AMERICA REFRAMED on PBS World Channel and was awarded the National Gay and Lesbian Journalist Association Excellence in Documentary Award 2016. PJ recently completed CALL HER GANDA, which follows Jennifer Laude, a trans woman who was discovered dead in a motel room in the Philippines. CALL HER GANDA released theatrically fall 2018, winning over a dozen Best Documentary and Audience Awards. Also an accomplished cinematographer, PJ shot the Academy Award‐nominated Best Documentary TROUBLE THE WATER. PJ is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, 2016 Firelight Media Fellow, 2017 Robert Giard Fellow and a proud member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Carolyn A. Smith
Carolyn A. Smith is a public relations professional, with a passion for media relations and building integrated communications plans. She helps clients of various sizes find their voice, own their narratives, and lead conversations happening around their brand and within their industry. She currently leads external communications efforts for the Office of the DeKalb County Solicitor-General. As the director of communications, she serves as the advisor to the Solicitor-General and her staff. She fields all media inquiries and assists with the promotion of office-involved community events. She also manages and publishes all office communications, including website, newsletters, brochures, speeches and social media. Previously she supported the public affairs team of Kaiser Permanente of Georgia and supported the Executive Vice President at The Wilbert Group by leading media relation efforts for accounts like Aaron’s, Inc. and Equifax. She began her career at Octagon Sports Marketing, managing Equifax’s major league sports partnerships and acting as a liaison to Atlanta-based sports teams. After getting her fill of what it takes to manage large sponsorship budgets and live events, she took a job at FleishmanHillard, as the Atlanta office’s first Alfred Fleishman Diversity Fellow. During her three-year career at FH Atlanta, she supported the corporate group with various tasks, including developing communications plans, new business research, social media monitoring and analysis, media relations, and managing the office’s intern and fellowship program. Clients included AFLAC, Gas South, Telrite Corporation, Ernst & Young, Novelis, and AT&T. She proudly serves on the board of Men Stopping Violence. She is also a member of Planned Parenthood Southeast’s Young Leaders and Junior League DeKalb. Carolyn is a graduate of Howard University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a concentration in public relations and a minor in political science.
Megan Westmore, LMSW, is the Disability Services Manager for The SAFE Alliance. She works with transition-aged youth with disabilities to improve their understanding of healthy relationships, safer sexuality, and self-advocacy. Before her current role, Megan worked as the SAFE Sexual Assault Advocate and Volunteer Supervisor. She supervised volunteer advocates and provided medical accompaniments to acute sexual assault survivors. Previously, Megan worked as the Developmental Disabilities Policy Fellow for The Arc of Texas, where she advocated with and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the Texas Legislature. Megan was also a Research Assistant at the University of Texas at Austin Center for Social Work Research for several years. Megan received her Master of Science in Social Work degree, with a concentration in Community and Administrative Leadership, from the University of Texas at Austin, and also holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish.
Our tech sequence spotlights ways for survivors and those who serve them to maximize technology while also learning to avoid pitfalls that can potentially jeopardize safety.
Sit in on sessions with experts like Adam Dodge of End Technology Abuse as he explores topics including trauma informed cyber security and deepfakes and digital impersonation.
Our film sequence sets the stage for not only inspiring story-telling on the big screen but encouraging survivors to find their voice and safe avenues to express their truths.
The sequence will highlight amazing women both in front of and behind the camera including Emmy Award winner Debbi Morgan and Women Make Movies Executive Director Debra Zimmerman.
Our media sequence features Lorena Gallo (formerly Bobbitt) and her Amazon Prime Original docuseries entitled Lorena, which investigates how agonizing years of abuse by her husband were not only ignored by the police, but trivialized by a male-dominated press because of the extreme actions she took to stop the violence.
Listen in as journalist Melissa Jeltsen of HuffPost addresses to ways domestic violence is reported on and shaped by the media.
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